"New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S."

WASHINGTON — When Trump administration officials travel to Germany next month for United Nations climate change discussions, they will face a fundamental contradiction: how to negotiate the terms of a deal they say they’re walking away from.

Like a spouse who demands a divorce but then continues to live at home, the relationship between the United States and other parties to the Paris agreement is, at best, awkward.

The Trump administration has declared it will abandon the global climate change pact and make no effort to meet its voluntary target to curb planet-warming emissions. On Tuesday, President Trump repeated his claim that former President Barack Obama’s diplomats agreed to bad deals."

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times October 18, 2017.

Source: NY Times, 10/19/2017